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A Weak Messianic Power (Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida, and Celan)

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In his famous theses on the philosophy of history, Benjamin writes: “We have been endowed with a weak messianic power to which the past has a claim.” This claim addresses us not just from the past but from what will have belonged to it only as a missed possibility and unrealized potential. For Benajmin, as for Celan and Derrida, what has never been actualized remains with us, not as a lingering echo but as a secretly insistent appeal. Because such appeals do not pass through normal channels of communication, they require a special attunement, perhaps even a mode of unconscious receptivity. Levine examines the ways in which this attunement is cultivated in Benjamin’s philosophical, autobiographical, and photohistorical writings; Celan’s poetry and poetological addresses; and Derrida’s writings on Celan.

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  • Product Details

    Author:
    Michael G. Levine
    Format:
    Hardcover
    Pages:
    192
    Publisher:
    Fordham University Press (November 11, 2013)
    Language:
    English
    ISBN-13:
    9780823255108
    ISBN-10:
    0823255107
    Dimensions:
    6" x 9"
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